Every day, we will post a few brief prayers inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours.
O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth shall declare your praise.
Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path. I have sworn and have made up my mind to obey your decrees. Lord, I am deeply afflicted: by your word give me life. Accept, Lord, the homage of my lips and teach me your decrees. Though I carry my life in my hands, I remember your law. Though the wicked try to ensnare me I do not stray from your precepts. Your will is my heritage for ever, the joy of my heart. I set myself to carry out your statutes in fullness, for ever.
Reading: From a letter on the martyrdom of St. Polycarp by the Church of Smyrna
Looking up to heaven, he said: Lord God Almighty, Father of your beloved and blessed Child, Jesus Christ, through whom we have received full knowledge of you, the God of angels and powers and of all creation, and of the whole family of the righteous, who live before you: I bless you for considering me worthy of this day and hour of sharing with the martyrs in the cup of your Christ, so as to share in resurrection to everlasting life of soul and body in the Holy Spirit. May I be received among them into your presence today as a rich and acceptable sacrifice. For this and for everything I praise and glorify you through the eternal and heavenly high priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Child. Through him and with him, may you be glorified with the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. Amen.
The Canticle of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
Grant help and grace to all who ask for our prayers. Come, Lord Jesus! Let our work praise you. Come, Lord Jesus! May your peace by with us. Come, Lord Jesus!
Dear Father in Heaven, May all that we do and say be done for you. We ask this in the name of Jesus who lives forever with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.